The Youth in charge of the EU
This weekend 150 young people from across the country filled Christiansborg with loud discussions on three curent issues in the EU.
On 24 and 25 March 150 young people from all over Denmark made their way into the European political scene as the Prime Minister of Denmark, President of the European Council, the Cyprus Minister of Employment, or a journalist.
Over the weekend the young people had focus on three current issues at EU level: Youth Unemployment, trafficking and development. The three topics were discussed between both countries delegations and ministerial councils over the two days.
Late Saturday afternoon a crisis rolled in and disrupted the summit. 200,000 have fled from North Africa to Italy, Spain, Greece, Cyprus and France. Participants took the situation with serenity and later this Saturday they reached a common agreement on how to handle the crisis
The Danish Europe Minister, Nicolai Wammen, who gave a speech to the young people, was very impressed over the event, where the EU was in the limelight. He highlighted the importance of the young people in the EU:
"Youth Union summit creates an enthusiasm among the young, which thus becomes more involved in European politics. Young people should continue to be interested in what happens in the EU. The EU is an essential part of the young people's future and therefore it is important to inform young people about how important the EU is, " Nicolai Wammen says.
Casper Jarlstad, who acted as Chairman of the European Council summit, agrees with Nicolai Wammen. He has been pleasantly surprised by how dedicated the young people have been to the EU summit.
"The young people have been very dedicated and take their roles as ministers and journalists very seriously. There is no doubt that the EU Youth Summit was a success ," Casper Jarlsted says.
At Sunday the summit ended with the adoption of an action plan for each topic.
The President of the danish Folketing, Mogens Lykketoft, also held a speech during the summit and President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, and President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, sent a personal message to young people from Brussels.